By Sam Oldenburg
Through 35 years of unlocking potential, The Center for Gifted Studies has learned a thing or two about summer programs for academically gifted middle and high school students. With SCATS and VAMPY quickly approaching, we’ve dug through our photo archive to offer advice on what campers will and won’t need this summer.
Do pack a set of extra-long twin sheets to fit your residence hall bed,
as well as pillows.
You’ll need a towel, but we’ll leave the bathrobe decision up to you.
Be sure to pack your best dancing clothes,
as well as your best dance moves,
or your most awkward dance moves, if you prefer.
Pack quarters and detergent so that you don’t have to hold up the laundromat.
Pack a change of clothes too, so you don’t have to go in with the wash.
When it comes to electronics, remember a cell phone. Counselors will collect phones at the beginning of camp and distribute them every few days so that you don’t have to talk with your parents too often.
Bringing a computer, however, is a no-no.
You won’t need a Walkman,
or a boombox. Counselors will plan oodles of entertainment.
When it comes to clothing, consider packing a swimsuit for Friday nights at the Preston Center.
Bring running shoes if you aim to make your country proud in the SCATS or VAMPY Olympics.
Block out the summer sun with a protective hat.
Bring your sharpest tie,
or a dress for the banquet. Tiaras are optional.
Capes are also optional.
Bring a game for those few minutes of down time,
Or bring sporting equipment to play with,
or to jam with,
but not to eat.
Nor do you need to bring fruits,
or vegetables. Meals are all-you-can-eat at Fresh Food Company, where the ice cream machine is always on.
Bring an instrument to practice a solo,
or to form a band for the talent show.
All types of instruments are welcome.
However, leave your pets at home,
as well as your swords, battle axes, daggers, crossbows, and other medieval weapons.
You might want a book to read in your spare time,
but we’ll provide all the newspapers you need to keep up with current events.
Do pack a hairbrush or comb.
You’ll also want a camera to record your SCATS and VAMPY memories.
But, most of all, bring a smile, an eagerness to make new friends, and a penchant for learning.